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Meisel, F.L. (1984). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, XXXVI, 1981: Insight as an Embedded Concept in the Early Historical Phase of Psychoanalysis. Arthur F. Valenstein. Pp. 307-315.. Psychoanal Q., 53:344.
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(1984). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 53:344

The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, XXXVI, 1981: Insight as an Embedded Concept in the Early Historical Phase of Psychoanalysis. Arthur F. Valenstein. Pp. 307-315.

Frederick L. Meisel

Valenstein reviews Freud's passion for insight, knowledge, and truth, and its foundation in the science of his times and in his relationship to Breuer. He discusses traumatic hysteria and hypnoid hysteria and their relationship to dissociated and other abnormal states of consciousness, such as defense or conflict hysteria. Finally, he describes the practice of therapy during the early years of psychoanalysis and its relationship to insight. He makes the point that "enhancement of integration, i.e., the restoration of ego function consequent to the gaining of insight into conflict," is the mechanism by which insight is curative.

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Meisel, F.L. (1984). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, XXXVI, 1981. Psychoanal. Q., 53:344

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